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The School Aims

National Curriculum

At Chapel Primary School we endeavour to provide the very best learning experiences for our children and are able to encapsulate this in our logo ‘LEARNING FOR LIFE’.

The school aims are:

  1. For children to feel safe and secure, have high self-esteem, be confident in learning from their mistakes and equally valued, and enjoy school.
  2. For staff to plan a rich, relevant, broad and balanced curriculum based on children’s interests and needs.
  3. To ensure children are well taught and experience success, irrespective of their abilities. A high priority is placed on children’s abilities to read, write and be numerate.
  4. To ensure children are equipped with the skills to learn independently and also to work and play co-operatively.
  5. To provide a stimulating learning environment for children.
  6. To promote positive, supportive and co-operative relationships between and amongst staff, children, parents and the wider community.

Teaching and Learning in the Foundation Stage

Teaching and learning in the Foundation Stage is very carefully planned. The curriculum is based upon the new Foundation Stage National Curriculum, which all providers of Early Years Education must follow. We deliver our curriculum through a highly structured environment which incorporates the following areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Education
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

During the teaching sessions, the children have the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of activities. They learn with other children in small and large groups. Some activities will be independent and others will be led by staff. Teaching and learning is based on learning through play and structured individual or small group teaching.

Home visits are an essential part of our induction policy for children starting the nursery. The visit enables our staff to meet each child in familiar surroundings where he/she can feel confident and comfortable. Parents can discuss their child’s admission on an individual basis and can share any queries or concerns with staff. Children starting in Reception will be invited to spend a full day, including lunch, prior to the beginning of their first term.

Teaching and Learning in Key Stages 1 and 2

A well structured programme of transition helps the children transfer smoothly from their reception class in to their new class in Key Stage 1. Here the curriculum will progressively change from the Foundation Stage for Learning to one which follows the National Curriculum for key stages 1 and 2. This change is made with great care and sensitivity towards the individual children’s readiness for this change.

school places a high priority on developing the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in the core subjects of literacy, numeracy, science and ICT. However, we also offer the children a broad and balanced curriculum which includes the arts, humanities, personal and social education, cookery, sport and religious education. The learning experiences for the children are organised within our Creative Curriculum under topic headings, a different topic for each of the 6 terms. Topics are cross-curricular in nature and are based on children’s interests and first hand learning.

Phonics and Reading:

Since September 2016 we have been running the Read, Write Inc programme in KS1 and the Early Year Foundation Unit. This is a commercial scheme that links spelling, reading and writing.  It was implemented to provide a rigorous structure to the teaching of phonics in EYFS and KS1. It has shown an incline in the progress of most learners and we anticipate an incline in the number of children being successful in the phonic screening check in June 2017.

Curriculum Map – 2016 / 2017


Year Group Term Topic Enrichment Activities
EYFS Autumn 1 Creepy Crawlies Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Chatsworth Farm



national trust site


Chestnut Centre


Teddy Bears Picnic

Autumn 2 Boxes
Spring 1 Me and You
Spring 2 Fairy Tales
Summer 1 Over the Hill and Far Away
Summer 2 Adventures
Year1 Autumn 1 Food and Farming Cannonhall Farm


Walk in the local area


Seasonal walks around the local area.

Arcimboldo – Artist
Autumn 2 Changes in living memory
Spring 1 Where we live
Spring 2 Our Bodies
Summer 1 Animals in the garden
O’Keefe – Artist
Summer 2 Holidays
Year 2 Autumn 1 By the Sea Sea Life Centre
Autumn 2 Non-European country
Spring 1 Great Fire of London
Wren – Designer
Spring 2 Weather
Summer 1 Famous People
Van Gogh – Artist
Summer 2 Famous People
Quentin Blake – Artist
Year 3 Autumn 1 Healthy Eating Trip to Chester


Cultural Diversity visit in Derby

Welby Croft to sing to the residents.

Autumn 2 Volcanoes
Spring 1 Invaders and Settlers

Anglo – Saxon and Scottish Settlements

Spring 2
Summer 1 Caribbean
Summer 2 Matisse – Artist
Year 4 Autumn 1 The Power of the Monarchy Swimming all year


Bramhall Hall Tudor Christmas Trip


Residential to White Hall

Autumn 2 Tudors
Spring 1 Where we live
Spring 2 Africa
Summer 1 History of the Kingdom of Benin
Summer 2 Stone Age
Year 5 Autumn 1 Rivers and Mountains Trip to Quarry Bank Mill


Residential to Edale

Rousseau – Artist
Autumn 2 Victorians
Morris – Artist
Spring 1 European Myths and Legends
Spring 2 Small European Region
Summer 1 Egyptians
Summer 2 Peak District and Local history (Eyam)
Year 6 Autumn 1 Tribes Shakespeare production


Go to see a production


Poetry Recital


Tea Dance


Residential to France

Autumn 2 World War II
Fanelli – Artist
Spring 1 Ancient Greece
Spring 2 Mountains and Earthquakes
Summer 1 Shakespeare
Summer 2
Whole School Enrichment Harvest festival at the Methodist Church.

Christmas service at St Thomas Becket Church.

Choir sing at the Harvest festival, Christingle service, carol service, Mother’s day, Easter service and leavers service.

Community Christmas Lunch.

Community invite to Remembrance Day.

Visit to Youth Present Music.

Arts week.

Derbyshire Arts competition.

Wells dressing.

Life skills trips.